It just didn’t look right to the state trooper. And then it got worse.
The bus was traveling too slow. It was in the wrong lane. And the driver didn’t know much about anything.
After some further investigation, the Washington State Patrol trooper who pulled the bus over on Interstate 5 near DuPont this week found methamphetamine on board and arrested two young men from Los Angeles.
The trooper decided to stop the bus on Center Street after watching it drive slower than traffic while in the fast lane during rush hour traffic Wednesday morning. It was traveling in an area where posted signs warn, “Vehicles over 10,000 lbs or with trailers are prohibited from the left lane.”
The bus driver told the trooper he had just started working for the company and was unaware of the law. He couldn’t produce a log book as required by law, and nobody answered the company’s business owner.
Growing more suspicious, the trooper brought in drug dogs to search the bus, which had only three passengers on board.
The dogs were drawn to two suitcases. Inside were more than a half-pound of meth and $2,200 in cash, trooper Guy Gill said.
Two young men, ages 17 and 23, were taken into custody and face charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The third passenger and the bus driver were released.Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 email@example.com